The best in the business display their wares at ‘Construct 2012’

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The biggest players in the construction industry will show off their latest innovations at Sri Lanka’s largest construction exhibition, ‘Construct 2012’.

The grand event is set to take place on 10, 11 and 12 August at the Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Exhibition Centre. Customers, enthusiasts and industry stakeholders alike, will come to witness a display of the construction industry’s cutting edge technologies. United Tractors and Equipment (UTE) (Pvt.) Ltd, who have been long time supporters of the event, are backing the exhibition for the fifth time.

The exhibition organised by the National Construction Association of Sri Lanka is a key event in the industry’s calendar in the South Asian region. Now in its 12th consecutive year, ‘Construct’ draws participants from Malaysia, India, Pakistan and China. Truly an international event, it allows construction firms to share their latest offerings and for visitors to gain an understanding of the industry.

“It’s the best place for us to share the latest innovations in the industry and the trends that will define the future of our trade,” said UTE CEO Riyad Ismail. “Because so many firms take part from so many countries we have an ideal snapshot of the current state of the industry and the direction in which it is heading. Impending trends such as the move towards using more energy efficient construction machinery will be key going forward and the exhibition is a great place to see the innovations that will drive them.”

The construction machinery industry is currently seeing a transformation driven by increasing fuel costs and the growing importance placed on environmental responsibility. This has made the development of fuel efficient and low emission engines for heavy machines a research and development priority amongst equipment manufacturers. The global leader Caterpillar has introduced ACERTTM, amongst other technologies, in response to this global demand. At this year’s exhibition UTE, as local agents for CAT, UTE will display and demonstrate how their energy efficient equipment can help local contractors reduce the energy costs of their projects.

Ismail also elaborated on the visitors, “The exhibition isn’t just for us, the players in the industry but for all those with an interest in construction. Whether you are  a customer looking to see how the latest construction technologies can benefit you or if you have an interest in the field and are considering a potential career in construction in the future; come down to the exhibition and see what we can offer you.”

This is the fifth year that UTE is participating in the Construct exhibition and its fourth consecutive year as the main sponsor of the Construction Machinery and Equipment (CME) show. This year UTE is emphasising the importance of machinery support and training within the industry.

“One of our key brand values at UTE is ‘the journey continues... long after the sale’ and we stand by that,” said UTE’s GM-Machine Sales and Rental, Janak Endirisinghe. “Good after sale machine support is a key part of our business and fosters long, successful working relationships with our customers. However in order to provide the high level of service we aim for, we need qualified heavy machine technicians; that is why we are placing great importance on our training programs.”

As the only Business Superbrand in the General Machinery category in the country’s construction sector, UTE has been the sole authorised dealer for Caterpillar in Sri Lanka since 1947.  Now a diversified group with interests in construction and heavy machinery, power generation and distribution, material handling and storing, water distribution and waste management, welding equipment and engineering services and information and communication technology, UTE provides engineering solutions to an array of Sri Lankan industries.